Working from home is a problem for rail strikes.


According to an education expert, working for the effectiveness of rail strikes is a “problem”.

Gima Dale, a lecturer at the Business School at Liverpool John Moores University, told the PA news agency that the ability of office workers to work from home means there is less pressure on the government to resolve the dispute.

As many as 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) and 13 train operators continue to walk out on Network Rail in search of jobs, salaries and conditions, with train services being severely affected this week.

But many travelers are escaping the chaos by working from home, which has become much more common due to the corona virus epidemic.

London Easton Station was virtually deserted on Tuesday (Stephen Russo / PA). / PA Wire

During the first day of the strike on Tuesday, major railway stations were virtually deserted, with increased car use and limited bus travel.

Ms Dale noted that the strike was “creating some obstacles for the 50% of the population who cannot work in the office”.

He said: “I would not say that the (domestic workers) are going to fundamentally weaken the strike because it is still a big issue that effective rail service in most parts of the country. Don’t walk

“However, big business is not putting as much pressure on the government as it would have done before the epidemic.

“I don’t think (working at home) is fundamentally harmful (from strikes) but it’s a problem.”

Location technology firm TomTom said congestion at 11 a.m. Tuesday was higher in many cities than at the same time last week, such as London (38% on June 14 to 51% on Tuesday) and Cardiff (24%). 29%), Liverpool (24% to 30%), Manchester (27% to 34%) and Newcastle (18% to 20%).

People did not take to the streets as we have seen in the past with strikes.

But a spokesman for the Department of Transportation said “yesterday’s national traffic volume was not much busier than usual.”

He added: “People did not take to the streets as we have seen in the past with strikes.

“A lot of people are now able to work online, which shows that unions as a whole are not having the impact they had hoped for, and reflecting changing travel habits and modernizing our railways. It further sheds light on the need for reform. “

In 2019, only one in eight working adults in the UK (12%) when asked said they had worked from home at some point in the past week.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the Office for National Statistics has conducted a separate and more regular survey of working habits in adults in the UK.

The latest figures for the period from May 25 to June 5 show that 38% of working adults questioned whether they had worked from home at some point in the last seven days.

This percentage has fluctuated during the virus crisis, but has generally been between 30% and 40%.

Ms Dale said the “vast majority” of office workers had the skills and abilities to make a day at home (working) fairly straightforward, perhaps even more straightforward.

He added: “For office workers, organizations need to drag people out (of strikes) regardless and tell them ‘you either have to take leave or find another way’. , Which is not present in it. The way it used to.

“But of course, there is still a lot of pressure on the other half of the population who have no choice but to go to the physical workplace and do their work, whether it be retail, care, nursing, etc.”

“So this is a mixed picture, but I don’t think the chaos of old is probably the problem today.”

Prior to the virus crisis, the rail industry reaped most of its revenue from season ticket buyers, allowing unlimited travel between two destinations for a specific period of one week to one year.

Figures from the Office of Rail and Roads show that by the end of March, the number of trips made with these tickets in the UK during the year was only 28% of pre-epidemic levels.

Only 167 million season ticket trips were recorded in 2021/22, compared to 588 million two years ago.